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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Petya Turns 16-!

It seems like just the other day we bought him the play cellphone in Russia, the one that shouted, “Ah’loh!  Kak dyehlah!?  Kak dyehlah!?” (How’s it going?) over and over again.  And here he was, a big boy, no longer grasping an etch-a-sketch and toy mouse, but his own iPhone and laptop, a young man…

Shattered Adoption Dreams

A long, long time ago, we had a dream of bringing home our first son’s friends.  One by one, they were shipped off to Islamic farming villages in other Russian republics.  Anything to keep them away from us. We tracked them by various means and methods.  When they sneezed, we knew about it.  One of…

My Personal Playlist

Okay, you guys asked and here you have a random listing of some fun family movies that all of us have enjoyed.  In our house the ages are currently:  15.5, 15.5, almost 14, 11… and… oh, never mind, just us old folks. Our personal standards are thus:  we don’t think it’s entertaining to be repeatedly…

Eight Years Ago…

We met our first son, Petya, in Russia, eight years ago this week.  Silently falling snow wrapped Moscow like a blanket.  We sipped steaming borsch on a high hotel floor overlooking Red Square. St. Basil’s, jewel-like and picturesque, created the magical scenery outside our suite.  What a contrast when we arrived to our region, hours…

A Virgin Birth and an Adoptive Family

God can do anything. Of this I am firmly convinced. How He forms families is beyond me, simultaneously both wild and wonderful. I have family members to whom I do not feel particularly related, and non-blood relatives to whom I would give my last drop of blood. My husband and I share no genetic connection…